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What's the Best Thing You've Ever Seen Here?
May 17, 2009 5:21 PM   Subscribe

My son is graduating from high school in a week. I want to make him a Best of Ask Metafilter book with all the best advice from the hive mind.

So I want to send my son out into the world with the best possible advice he can start up with, meaning I want to send him out with all the best advice I've found over on my years here. I've saved a ton of things, but I'm old so I'd love to hear from people who are in college or just out or people in their 30s - so basically everyone, including people my age and older - can you give me the link to the best advice you've ever read here, something that actually changed your view of the world or made you a better person?
posted by katyjack to Human Relations (21 answers total) 552 users marked this as a favorite
This thread, on why (or why not) to hop a freight train.
posted by puckish at 5:24 PM on May 17, 2009

This finance thread is also really good.
posted by puckish at 5:28 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

What would you tell 20-year-old you?
posted by Paragon at 5:30 PM on May 17, 2009

What do I need to know before and after I shave my head?
posted by puckish at 5:30 PM on May 17, 2009

agh, sorry. link here
posted by puckish at 5:31 PM on May 17, 2009

The old man on the front porch courtesy of Greg Nog.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:33 PM on May 17, 2009

Ask vs. Guess Culture
posted by Meg_Murry at 5:34 PM on May 17, 2009

Ask culture / Guess culture.

Also, how to dispose of the body.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 5:36 PM on May 17, 2009

What do you wish you knew when you started working?
posted by netbros at 5:42 PM on May 17, 2009

Armchair psychology by the incredibly wise grumblebee.
posted by infinityjinx at 5:51 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

What tools does a single person moving out on his own need?
posted by jamaro at 5:52 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

I'm particularly fond of the advice and personal stories in these threads:

How did you find your passion?

What experience most shaped who you are?

What practices have had the most effect on your health?
posted by velvet winter at 6:00 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

A question so ridiculously broad that it got deleted is perfectly and concisely answered in its second response.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:22 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

What do you wish you'd known when you were 18?

Setting boundaries and graciously saying no

Style for Men

How does one mingle effectively?

I need awesome questions to spur conversation, create bonds and learn more about people.

Teach a Martian how to be a boyfriend.

How can I be a good boyfriend?

Great words... that you actually use
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:13 PM on May 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

I wonder if perhaps you'd get even more answers if you posted this to MeTa? This would seem appropriate.
posted by ORthey at 9:31 PM on May 17, 2009

1001 rules for my unborn son
posted by kgreerRN at 8:12 AM on May 18, 2009

i suck at html...
posted by kgreerRN at 8:12 AM on May 18, 2009 [1 favorite]

Random Acts of Kindness you have done?

The art of the "day-maker" is subtle...

Plenty of beaches, but where are the best waves?

Life changing movies

I Like To Read Things

I spy with my little eye

help my diary become dear to me

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?


What "Rules for Life" should I pass on to my 15 year old brother?
posted by allkindsoftime at 8:16 AM on May 19, 2009

How to let someone down easy.

How do you tell your girlfriend you want to have kids.

The most important financial decision you will ever make in your life is the decision of who you are going to marry.

A small bit of advice to remember to help you lose weight (working for me).

How to find your passion.

How the pill works.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:37 AM on May 20, 2009

Didn't see this anywhere above, in theory, the cream rises to the top. This might make your job easier:

Ask Metafilter's most favorited posts of all time

posted by jeremias at 4:47 AM on May 22, 2009 [3 favorites]

Thanks you guys this was totally awesome -- it made me cry. But then, everything does right now for some reason :)
posted by katyjack at 3:39 PM on May 22, 2009

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